Both the Jefferson Park Sunday Market and the Independence Park Farmers Markets take place this Sunday. The Independence Park Farmers Market runs from 9 am to 1 pm at Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield; the Jefferson Park Sunday Market runs from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long.
Both markets feature a great selection of locally-grown produce, artisanal products, and prepared foods. Additionally, community representatives will be at both markets to share information on participatory budgeting in the 45th Ward, what items will be on this year’s ballots, and how and when you can vote.
I hope you will take time out of your busy weekend to attend one or both of the markets. It’s a great way to meet neighbors and support small business.
Jefferson Park Transit Hub Construction to Begin Sept. 28, Public Meeting Scheduled for Sept 24
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced late this week that upgrades and updates to the Jefferson Park Blue Line terminal are scheduled to begin at 8 pm Friday, Sept. 28.
To allow for the construction, the O’Hare-bound side of the el platform will be closed from 8 pm Friday, Sept. 28, to 8 pm Friday, Oct. 19. Riders heading to O’Hare will need to take a Loop-bound train to Montrose and transfer to the outbound platform.
Starting at 4 am Monday, Oct. 1, the north bus terminal will be closed to allow for construction. Passengers that now use the north bus terminal will need to board on the south terminal. Check signage for the location of the correct bus. Work on the north terminal will continue through Spring of 2019.
Also, starting at 8 pm Friday, Oct. 19, the Loop-bound el platform will close for work. The closure is expected to last through Friday, Nov. 9. Riders heading to the Loop should board an O’Hare-bound train and transfer back to a Loop-bound train at Harlem.
Please allow extra travel time during the work.
The improvements come as a part of a $25 million dollarrenovation to the station, which includes stops for nearly a dozen buses and the CTA Blue Line. Improvements to the station – which was built in 1970 – will include improvements to the bus terminal, new canopies, high-definition security cameras, lighting, escalators, stairs, and public artwork.
On Monday, September 24, I will co-host a community meetingwith the CTA where residents can learn more about the timeline and impact of construction. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm in the annex space at the Copernicus Center, 5214 W. Lawrence.
Community Alert – Hit and Run
Police are looking for your help to catch a hit and run driver who struck a man. The crash happened at about 9: 30 pm Saturday, Sept. 1, in the 3900-block of North Pulaski. A dark colored SUV was seen passing the area at the time of the crash.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to reach out to the police Major Accident Investigation Unit at (312) 745-4521.
5150 N. Northwest Hwy Proposal Approved by City Council
I’m thrilled that the City Council Thursday unanimously approved the proposal for 75 apartments focused on veterans and people with disabilities at 5150 N.Northwest Hwy. I want to thank those who testified to the Zoning Committee, as well as the Plan Commission last week, on how this building will improve so many lives. Their willingness to testify speaks to the tolerant and compassionate spirit of those who live in Jefferson Park and on the Northwest Side.
The builder, Full Circle Communities, has already received more than 60 requests for their waiting list, most of them from veterans, people with disabilities, and other local residents trying to stay in our community. We have a need for affordable and accessible housing in our neighborhood. After Full Circle secures funding and begins construction early next year, we’ll be on the way toward meeting some of that need.
Learn About This Year’s Participatory Budgeting Ballot Items, Vote Beginning October 1
It’s that time of year again to determine how we will allocate $1 million of local infrastructure funds during the 45th Ward participatory budgeting process.
Learn about the projects!
In the spring, residents offered their ideas for this year’s ballot during three neighborhood assemblies, an online submission form, idea boxes located throughout the ward, and on an idea wall in my office. Since then, volunteer community representatives have been working hard to develop 16 projects for the 2019 ballot. You can learn about those projects on thePB45 website.
The projects on this year’s ballot include:
- Wrought iron fence along Milwaukee Avenue at Wilson Park for $50,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Awning/cover for the Gladstone Park basketball court for $50,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Start-up costs for community gardens for $15,000/garden. Learn more about this project here;
- A dog-friendly area at Austin-Foster Park for $100,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Improved path to the Rosedale Park fieldhouse using paver stones for $10,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Updated street lighting on Milwaukee Avenue from the viaduct north to Foster for $498,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Updated street lighting near Independence Park from Pulaski to Elston for $525,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Colored LED lights under the Milwaukee viaduct for either $140,000 for just the walkway or $240,000 for both the walkway and the facade. Learn more about this project here;
- Decorative trash cans throughout the ward for $25,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Piggyback lighting on the 4600 & 4700-blocks of North Central for $166,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Pedestrian bump-out at Lawrence and Linder for $70,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Sidewalk repairs throughout the ward based on severity for $150,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Pedestrian bump-out at Bryn Mawr and McVicker for $70,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Fencing and lighting near the Gladstone Park Metra Stop for $70,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Pedestrian bump-out at Avondale and Irving Park for $60,000. Learn more about this project here; and
- Pedestrian bump-out at Foster and Leclaire for $70,000. Learn more about this project here.
45th Ward residents aged 14 and older can vote online or in person for the 2019 participatory budgeting cycle beginning on Monday, October 1.
For those wishing to vote online, simply fill out an online registration form beginning October 1 at 9 am. Once received, a 45th Ward staff member will respond with the voting site link and a special access code to allow you to vote. Please do not share your code with anyone else; your code is unique and may be used only once.
Please note that this is not an automated system; rather, office employees will be verifying the information. This may result in a delay from the time you submit the registration form to when you receive the one-time code.
There will be ample opportunity for 45th Ward residents to vote in the 2019 participatory budgeting cycle. Those wishing to vote early in-person can do so at my office during office hours beginning October 1 at 9 am or at one of the following early voting events:
- 9 am – 1 pm on Sunday, October 14 at the Independence Park Farmers Market, 3945 N. Springfield;
- 9:30 am – 1:30 pm on Sunday, October 14 at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market, 4822 N. Long; and
- 10 am – 1 pm on Tuesday, October 16 at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Ward residents will also have the opportunity to receive a free flu shot at this event.
The final voting event will take place from:
- 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday, October 20 at the Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence.
Thank you for your participation in creating a transparent and democratic process to determine how to spend your tax dollars in your community.
Farnsworth Playground Construction to Begin Late September
Construction on the new turf field and playground at Farnsworth Elementary, 5414 N. Linder, is slated to begin late September.
The new playground was partially funded using the aldermanic discretionary budget after it won approval from 45th Ward residents during the participatory budgeting process. Supplemental funding came from the Elston/Armstong TIF district, a grant through the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Space to Grow, and as part of a $36 million plan Iunveiled last year to improve 45th Ward schools.
Throughout construction, certain areas of the school will be blocked off with construction fences and equipment will be on site for the excavation and construction of the playground.The playground and new turf field is expected to be completed by late fall.
Share Your Six Corners Story
Do you have stories about working, playing, or growing up in the historic Six Corners area? The Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee, wants to hear from you!
The Filament Theatre is conducting interviews on Saturday, September 22 to help in the creation of their 2018 performance of Crossing Six Corners. This will be presented in partnership with Six Corners Association.
Learn more and sign-up online.
Help Bring Yoga to Vaughn Occupational High School
Mrs. Devine at Vaughn Occupational High School is introducing her diverse learner students to yoga so they can develop the necessary tools to deal with stress and anxiety. She needs a bit of your help to see this to fruition.
I hope you will consider making a charitable contribution to this initiative. More information on the program and how to donate is available online.
Social After Six: Zumba + Elote September 27
Come close out the Social after Six: Summer Dance Series at Tatas Tacos, 4929 W. Irving Park, on Thursday, September 27, from 7-9 pm during the Six Corners Association’s Zumba and Elote night. A $10 ticket gets you a Zumba class and Tatas’ elotes (called Zelotes!).
Meet on the sidewalk in front of Tatas at 7 pm and Fly Girl Fitness will lead you through a fun dance lesson, followed by free dancing and elote eating!
Learn more and RSVP online.
Addison Resurfacing Project
An upcoming resurfacing project on Addison from Keeler to Avondale is tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, September 17. The infrastructure work is a part of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s arterial street resurfacing area north project.
The work will include ADA sidewalk improvements, curb and gutter removal and replacement, milling and paving the existing asphalt pavement, and striping.
During construction, temporary “No Parking” signs will be periodically installed as required for each activity listed. These temporary signs will restrict parking during working hours, while adhering to rush hour restrictions, for the completion of work.
All work on this corridor is scheduled to be completed November 2, 2018.
Pantry Seeks Gently Used Coats
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry is asking for donations of any unneeded, gently used winter coats for their October coat program. Your generous donation will help our neighbors through the harsh Chicago winter.
Gently used coats can be brought to the Pantry’s home at 3801 N. Keeler during operating hours (Wednesdays 9 am to noon and Tuesday, September 11 and October 9 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm).
Additional drop-off points include Disney II Magnet Elementary School (3815 N. Kedvale), Old Irving Brewing (4419 W. Montrose), and the Linnemeyer front porch (3822 N. Tripp).
Register for Ultimate Frisbee at Rosedale Park
Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale, is starting an ultimate frisbee league for children ages 8-15 looking to be more active and build camaraderie with other youths.
The season runs September 10 thru November 5 and only costs $19. The league meets Mondays from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the park.
Those interested may register online. If you have any questions, you can call the park at 773-631-7156.
Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Program
Effective Tuesday, September 18, the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters program will be accepting applications for future concrete form builder.
Each candidate must present the following requirements at the apprentice program office -1256 Estes Avenue, Elk Grove Village, Illinois – between the hours of 9:30 am and 4 pm Monday thru Friday no later than Thursday, October 18:
- Letter of recommendation on a local union letterhead signed by an officer;
- Must have attained the age of 17 (driver’s license or state I.D. card required);
- Copy of high school diploma or high school transcripts, (must have official school seal – 8 credits minimum), or copy of G.E.D. certificate;
- Copy of Social Security Card or a receipt showing duplicate card has been applied for;
- Veterans need a copy of the DD214 form; and
- A $25 “Non-Refundable” application processing fee (money orders and cashiers check only, no cash).
All (6) above-listed requirements must be submitted at the time of filing or the candidate will not be permitted to file an application.
Further details will be mailed to each applicant regarding the required pre-test session and aptitude test dates.
Election Judges Needed
The Chicago Board of Elections is looking for election judges to serve during the 2018 mid-term general elections on November 6. The pay is $140, plus $50 for attending a training.
I hope you’ll take the opportunity, if you are able, to help further democracy and serve as an election judge. Applyonline or download an application for this personally rewarding job at the Board of Election website, or pick up an application in my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee.
Apply to Become a Police Officer
Applications to become a Chicago Police Officer will remain open through October 1. The exam will be on Saturday, December 8.
This is an opportunity to serve your community and pursue a meaningful career. Chicago police officers will be eligible for healthcare benefits, tuition reimbursement, uniform allowances, a retirement plan, and a competitive salary.
The minimum age to apply and take the police exam is 20. More information and applications are available online.
Thanks for reading,
Sun., Sept 23, 9 am-1 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 14th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Market continues twice a month through October. Join neighbors for great produce from local farms and other vendors. Music and more at each market. Credit cards and LINK cards accepted. More info: online.Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Sept 23, 9:30 am-1:30 pm,Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long.Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally-produce and other delectable items at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs twice a month through October and offers a great selection. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Sept 23, 10 am-1 pm, 16th District, Parking Garage, 5151 N. Milwaukee. The 16th District Police is hosting a Free Child Car Seat Check. Rear-facing, forward-facing, booster, and seat belt all checked. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Tue., Sept 25, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. More info: online.Free.
Wed., Sept 26, 9 am-5:30 pm,Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett. City Clerk Anna Valencia hosts aCityKey Mobile Printing Day. Learn more:online. Free.
Wed., Sept 26, 7 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings.Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. Guest speaker Elizabeth Jurkacek will discuss the ins and outs of voter registration and how to become a registrar for the Board of Election.Free.
Sat., Sept 29, 9:30 am, Austin-Irving Library, Community Room, 2nd Floor, 6100 W. Irving Park. The Portage Park Garden Club hosts their meeting.Meeting will feature video “Bird Song Ear Training Guide” from the Audubon Society.Free.
Sat., Sept 29, 10 am-2 pm,Monument Park, 6679 N. Avondale.Senator Mulroe hosts a Pet Wellness Fair. Free microchipping for dogs and cats, free pet massage, free nail trims, free pet ID tags, training demonstrations, giveaways, raffles, pet-friendly crafts, face painting, bouncy house, refreshments, and trivia. More info: 773-763-3810.Free.
Sat., Sept 29, 10 am-5 pm, 4414 N. Kenneth. Mary Foster, a local artist, is hosting an Art in the Garden show. It will feature the works of Mary Foster, George Gonzalez, Tim Hoffman, Peggy Borckhaus, and Michelle Shelly Mach.
Sat., Sept. 29, 11 am-2 pm, Iron Horse Ale House, 6158 N. Northwest Hwy. Join Boy Scout leader and Olive’s Neighborhood Garden for the Hungry organizer Andy Brecklin asAndy is shaving to cure childhood cancer, a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Fundraiser in memory of Jeremy Campus. More info or pledge:fundraiser website.
Sat., Sept 29, 6:30 pm, Mason Orchard Auditorium (North Campus), 6040 W. Ardmore. Pope Francis Global Academy proudly presents a Trivia Night. Join them for a night of fun to benefit the school. Doors open at 6:30 and trivia starts at 7. Teams can have up to 10 players. Bring your own food and drinks to share with your table. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a cash prize of $300 to the winning team. For more information and registration forms: email organizers. Registration forms due by 9/24.$35/individual before 9/24, $300/table of 10.
Sat., Sept 29, 6-10:30 pm, St. Edward Catholic Church, Courtyard & Unity Hall, 4350 W. Sunnyside. St. Edward Parish is hosting theirannual Harvest Bash and Pig Roast featuring a performance by the Bank Iron Horse. Iron Horsewas featured on “America’s Got Talent”. Tickets and more info:online.$20/advance, $25/door, $10/kids.
Sun., Sept 30, 10 am-2 pm,Portage Park, 4100 N. Long.Vendors gather on the NW corner of Long and Irving Park to offer locally-grown produce, fresh meats, dairy, baked goods, specialty items, prepared foods, and more during thePortage Park Farmers Market. Each week they feature a new music act as well as dog adoptions from Chicago Animal Care and Control. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Sept 30, 1-4 pm, Disney II High School, 3900 N. Lawndale. Join Chicago School GPS at their 7th annual Gems High School Fair. Learn about hidden gem public and private Chicago High School options. Learn about high school admissions process, entrance test strategies, executive functioning for middle schoolers, mini boot camp on entrance essays, and peer-to-peer info sessions for middle schoolers. More info & RSVP: online. Free.